Innovative application developer builds 3D user interface software on CACHÉ database
Eton, UK—August 4, 2003—Infocube, the pioneering 3D information interface developer, has signed an application partner agreement with leading post-relational database provider, InterSystems. As a result of the agreement, Infocube will build its software solutions on InterSystems CACHÉ post-relational database technology and will join the CACHÉ development community.
“Our vision is that all users should get the information they need, when they need it, on any device, and across any network,” says Infocube’s founder Gordon Ross. “Our software applications provide the necessary content organisation and three-dimensional navigation on PCs, PDAs, digital TVs or mobile phones to achieve this. But to turn the vision into reality, we needed a highly sophisticated and powerful database on which to build our solutions.”
After considering several competitive options, Infocube chose InterSystems’ CACHÉ to meet this requirement. The quality of CACHÉ’s post-relational technology was a key factor in the decision.
“To allow users to navigate vast quantities of three-dimensional material and then enable them to rapidly gain access to the content or information they are looking for, would be beyond the capabilities of a simple SQL database,” says Ross.
“CACHÉ gives us all the advantages of SQL coupled with the benefits of an object-oriented database,” he adds. “It provides us with the power, performance and cost-effectiveness to co-ordinate various information flows across different devices or networks. As a result, users get what they want – high-quality information – not data overload.”
In the highly competitive world of multimedia content provision, time-to-market is another critical concern. Consequently, CACHÉ’s rapid application development environment, which accelerates the speed at which software development can be achieved, is a further key benefit for Infocube. Another factor, which helped to seal the partnership agreement, was the compatibility of the two companies’ business approaches.
As InterSystems sales manager, Chris Norton explains, “there is a strong synergy between our strategic objectives, not least in our mutual emphasis on innovation. We immediately saw the potential of what Infocube is looking to accomplish and believe that through this partnership we can help it achieve its future objectives.”
Infocube’s Ross concludes, “we are just scratching the surface of the next generation of user-friendly, information-driven multimedia content applications. We are confident that Infocube will play a key part in these developments and that CACHÉ will enable us to realise this vision more quickly and more easily than would have been possible using any other database engine.”
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., InterSystems Corporation (www.InterSystems.com) is a leading provider of high performance, low-maintenance database systems for Web applications, with over four million users worldwide. InterSystems’ flagship product, CACHÉ, is a post-relational database that uniquely offers three integrated data access options: a robust object database, high performance SQL, and rich multidimensional access. CACHÉ enables rapid Web application development, extraordinary transaction processing speed and real time queries against transactional data.
Infocube is a UK software company (www.infocube.net) that realised the first 3rd generation 3D Object User Interface, designed for cross-platform multi-channel content delivery (PC, digital TV, PDA, mobile phone). This delivers true navigation of information, entertainment, education, and communications and is designed as the interface into web services.
Infocube software is highly automated minimising the need for specialist staff. Patent protection for the inventions has been applied for the first patent granted. The software is proven, robust and already deployed. Infocube is the first interface for a Broadband World, where there is multi-device access to information. It is already deployed in Education, as a 3D Web interface, as an Intranet and as a Research Tool.
Trademark Notes: Caché is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
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